Larcis Ducasse 2020 (6x75cl)

Larcis Ducasse 2020 (6x75cl)

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Under the expert winemaking eye of Nicolas Thienpont whose family own Le Pin & Vieux Château Certan, Larcis-Ducasse has soared to the top of St-Émilion wines in 2020 yet their pricing remains incredibly good value. Upgraded to 1er Grand Cru Classé (B) after their surge in quality in 2012, Larcis-Ducasse is impeccably situated on the Côte Pavie in St. Émilion. Widely regarded as the most perfect terroir in the appellation, these prized vineyards sit right next door to 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) property, Château Pavie

The 2020 Larcis-Ducasse hits the market with some incredibly high scores that defy its reasonable price tag. Scoring 97-99 points, Jeb Dunnuck issues very clear instructions to his readers as he urges them ‘if you get a chance, buy it.’
96-99 Jeb Dunnuck  
97-98 James Suckling  
97 Decanter  
96-98 Wine Advocate  
95-97 Vinous (AG)  
94-96 Vinous (NM)  
Details
  • Year 2020
  • Colour Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Sub Region Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 14.50°
  • Drinking Window 2028 - 2060
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 101218520200600750
Reviews (6)
96-99 Jeb Dunnuck  
97-98 James Suckling  
97 Decanter  
96-98 Wine Advocate  
95-97 Vinous (AG)  
94-96 Vinous (NM)  
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About Château Larcis Ducasse

For many years, Larcis Ducasse was considered one of the greatest wastes of exceptional terroir in France. Located on some of the finest soils in the entire region, the Côte Pavie section of St-Émilion, this historic property consistently seemed to underperform.

 

The turn of the millennium heralded a new age for the Château, with the arrival of the current winemaking team which is one of the most formidable on either bank. David Suire helms the commercial aspects of day-to-day operations, but the real stars in the vineyard/winery are Nicholas Thienpont (of Pavie Macquin) and Stéphanie Derenoncourt, one of Bordeaux's most in-demand "flying consultants".

 

This mercurial triumvirate wasted no time in implementing vast reforms and improvements in all aspects of Château Larcis Ducasse - drainage channels were dug to improve water levels, Cabernet Franc was replaced with Merlot in the most suitable plots and a radical program of replanting has been mapped out for the next 40 years. A naturally low-yielding area, the vines are split 83:17 Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon and produce grapes of intense concentration and naturally low pH due to the soil - richness and acidity is a recipe for exquisite balance finally found regularly in Larcis Ducasse.

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